Obviously the Pirates offense will improve when Ke’Bryan Hayes returns to action, I mean that would be rather hard to dispute, but we also shouldn’t pretend it fixes everything.
The thing that will help this club the most would be getting their injured third baseman back, but let’s dig a bit deeper.
ust about every year, minor league baseball is inundated with coverage from folks who simply don’t spend a whole lot of time covering it. In an obvious rebuild, that gets ramped up to 100.
Before I get into this game in particular, this was a fun series. Lots of good defense especially from Kim Ha-seong and Erik Gonzalez. Kim played 2B, SS and 3B consecutively giving each of the Padres big three a night off during the series and he just shined.
A rebuilding club always has one thing going for them. They can always point out toward the affiliate locations and say hey guys, look over there, not here.
Tonight there were positives to take away, plenty actually, but the bats remained silent for a second straight night.
Rough week for our Buccos, but that’s going to happen when any one aspect of the club falters. What separates the bad/good/great teams is the ability to survive and win when some facets of the game fail.
Trevor Cahill didn’t have it tonight. He gave up 4 runs in the first inning, then he gave up another run, and somehow I looked up sometime early in the 6th and there he was, still pitching.
He’s only had 4 total outings this season and as a Rule FIve pick who never played beyond A ball, I can’t say I expected to see a ton of him this year, but that was before I saw him pitch.
The road to building a winner is rarely linear as Craig illustrated well in his piece yesterday. Recently, we Pirates fans have been given a stark reminder of the twists and turns I’m speaking to today.